When you go to see a football, hockey or basketball game, you can’t help but breathe in and enjoy the atmosphere around you (well at least I can’t). All of the people dressed in their favourite team’s colours wearing jerseys, funny wigs, team flags as capes, having their face painted and waving around those silly foam fingers. The crowd cheering and booing in response to a call the referee has made on the previous play makes it just so exciting and fun you can’t help but join in.
Now, obviously not everyone enjoys sports to the extent that I do, or even at all. I know there are people out there who would probably rather sit at home and do homework than be forced to sit through some kind of sports game.
But believe me, it is worthwhile to try and take in a game at least once and awhile to support your school.
When I got to university, I not only supported my school by buying school clothing, I also supported it by attending hockey and basketball games (my university didn’t have a football team).
I always loved wearing my university sweatshirt and going to watch a game with my dad or a friend and getting so into the game cheering and making comments like how the ref made a bad call and he should get some glasses, or what kind of chat did they have in that locker room between periods or quarters because they were not playing any better than the previous period or quarter.
My friend that I would go to see hockey games with, would always laugh at how I got so into the game. She said I would make a good TV sports announcer – easily calling the play by play.
When I went away to college, however, I never attended any sports games. I had meant to, but I never did. I think it had something to do with the fact that my college didn’t have many varsity sports teams to go watch. The only one that I was interested in going to watch was the soccer team because I played soccer and I liked it. There was no hockey or basketball team to cheer for.
But, I did support my college by buying a sweatshirt, t-shirt and jogging pants and wearing them around campus all the time.
So, even if you are not a real big fan of sports, go with a bunch of your friends and take in a basketball, football or hockey game or two. Eat some hot dogs, buy some snacks and have a beer. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up surprising yourself by enjoying it!
But, if you absolutely cannot sit through a couple of hours watching and cheering people running on a field then buy a t-shirt or a sweatshirt or a pair of jogging pants or a mug or something… even some muffins when you’re walking down the hallway and you see the soccer team is having a bake sale.
Any way you can support your school is a positive thing. It helps boost the morale of the school teams to see that they have support from their fellow students, and the extra dollars help fund the out-of-town tournaments – which is so appreciated. It also makes you feel more a part of the school. So, get out there and show some school spirit!